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4 Books To Read This Autumn

Autumn is finally here and this means more time to spend indoors at home, cosying up to a hot cup of tea and a book. Here are four books that will hopefully enrich your mind this season.

1. Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Notes on Grief is a beautiful novel about the author’s reflections on the loss of her father, mourned at a distance during the pandemic. The author experienced the “worst day of her life” in June 2020 when her father passed away at the age of 88. The book is an outstanding piece about the emotions that she goes through following the death, serving as a reflection of her tumultuous and tragic loss. It also talks about grief and how one copes with extreme emotions and vicissitudes of life.

2. Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn

The author seeks to answer life’s most fundamental questions: How do we find love? How do we sustain it? And how do we survive when we lose it? This new novel is well-researched and features exclusive interviews with experts about what love is and all the complicated emotions associated with this very human experience. It is guaranteed to expand your perspective on love.

3. An Extra Pair of Hands by Kate Mosse

As the world’s population ages, more and more of us find ourselves caring for parents and loved ones. It is estimated that 8.8 million people in the UK are carers for someone they love. This book explores this under-researched social phenomenon through the author’s own story- of finding herself as her mother’s carer in middle age. The author talks about her experiences with helping her mother look after her father through Parkinson’s, supporting her mother through widowhood and finally as the primary carer to her mother-in-law. It is a story about everyday acts of kindness and love.

4. Hype: How Scammers Took over the Internet by Gabrielle Bluestone

This brilliant and cynical novel is a critical commentary on the Internet’s dark side- where scammers, fraudsters and con artists defraud vulnerable people online. This book explores some of the biggest scams in Internet history and asks important questions such as: why do these scams happen? Why do people fall for fraudsters online? How can consumers stop getting played? This topic is extremely relevant right now with the advent of the latest cryptocurrency scams, and is definitely worth a read.

A Final thought for Autumn…

When the nights draw in and the cold begins to bite, a good page turner can be an ideal antidote.

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